Callings can be Developed

Callings can be discovered through significant experience. Most people seem to want this approach to have an “aha” experience and know your callings.

Callings can be discovered through proactive effort. They often come into focus through prayers and plans. Pray and Listen, then write what you hear. Review your plan daily, and over time you will add and edit until you see more focus and feel more inspiration. This is often the most effective approach though for some the least popular. It takes mental energy and action.

Whether you “just know” your purpose and priorities or you work on your plan like a sculpture that increasingly takes shape, the plan for your calling must be written to describe your mission and vision, what you intend to do, and how you will develop your capacity to “Be, Know, and Do” well enough to succeed–if you want to do your best.

The article following may be part of the process for you to discover and develop your callings. I found it insightful.


You don’t “find your calling,” you fight for it.

writes Kate Torgovnick May

Whether it was during a career aptitude test or in a heart-to-heart chat, chances are someone has talked to you about how to “find your calling.” It’s one of those phrases people toss about.

But StoryCorps founder Dave Isay takes issue with it … specifically, the verb. “Finding your calling — it’s not passive,” he says. “When people have found their calling, they’ve made tough decisions and sacrifices in order to do the work they were meant to do.” In other words, you don’t just “find” your calling — you have to fight for it.

And it’s worth the fight. “People who’ve found their calling have a fire about them,” says Isay, the winner of the 2015 TED Prize. “They’re the people who are dying to get up in the morning and go do their work.”

Over a decade of listening to StoryCorps interviews, Isay noticed that people often share the story of how they discovered their calling — and now, he’s collected dozens of great stories on the subject into a new book, Callings: The Purpose and Passion of Work. Below, he shares 7 takeaways from the hard-won fight to find the work you love.


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